With debates featuring 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls spread over two nights this week, liberal firebrand Michael Moore is unconvinced that any of them can decisively unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
However, he singles out one potential candidate he feels could “crush” Trump: Michelle Obama.
Speaking with Deadline during the Traverse City Film Festival (which he’s hosting), the “Fahrenheit 9/11” filmmaker was unequivocal in his belief that the former first lady would win easily.
“She would beat him. She would crush him,” Moore insisted. “It’s clear that Michelle Obama is a beloved person. I’ve seen one or two polls that show her as the most-loved American. And why wouldn’t we run a person like that? The stakes are so high — why would we risk anything else?
“She’s the one who can do it. People, when they hear this idea, they know she’s the one.”
Moore made the same claim in a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams. “In my humble opinion, four of these candidates running could beat Trump: Bernie [Sanders], [Joe] Biden, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren,” he said. “They could beat him. But Hillary beat him. It’s not enough just to beat Trump. The only way to remove Trump is to crush Trump.”
Speaking with Deadline, Moore points to the former first lady’s enduring popularity and the massive crowds who filled arenas during the book tour for her record-breaking memoir Becoming.
“As each month of her book tour went on — if you watched it on C-SPAN — she was no longer the reluctant ‘I don’t want to [be in the White House] anymore’ American,” Moore explained. “She took to the stage to a tremendous roar from the audience, a diverse audience of all kinds of Americans, and she started getting more and more into the attack and the analysis of what we’re going through and making it very clear that she had not given up, that she was not somehow removed but actually very much engaged.”
The way Moore sees it, Obama declaring her candidacy for 2020 isn’t a choice, it’s a matter of duty. “What I said on [MSNBC] last night is that I know, of course, she doesn’t want to go back [to the White House], but there are those moments in history when your country calls you to serve — there’s no choice.”